The New Canaan Republican Town Committee is inviting high school seniors to participate in an essay writing contest for the chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship.

The contest is open to any New Canaan resident who will be graduating this year. The contest will be judged by the RTC's scholarship committee.

The topic for the 600-word essay is: In your opinion, what makes the United States of America an exceptional country?

With the contest, the RTC hopes to challenge students to reflect on what they learned in high school about the nation's history.

The deadline is May 26. Essays should be emailed to Mary Anne Marcella at Entrants are asked to include their phone number and put "essay contest" in the subject field. The winner will be notified June 1.

For information, email Amy Gildea at